Down The TBR Hole #2

It’s been a while since I participated with this meme. Click here for the 1st post. Progress: I read Spelled by Betsy Schow and loved it 🙂

This meme was started by Lost in a Story (not sure why the link is odd).

Here are the rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5, or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous, books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books

 

Dishing the Dirt (Agatha Raisin, #26)Dishing the Dirt by M.C.Beaton*

This is book 26 in the Agatha Raisin series. That’s right 26! Now I prefer to start a series at the beginning, even when it’s not necessary. Sometimes it’s not possible because there are so many books. And then I forget which I have read. As is the case with these. I don’t think I’ve read this one. But I want to.

 

 

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, #1)Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty*

It’s set in the historic Biltmore Estate…and there’s a ghost. At least I think there’s a ghost. Look at that cover. It’s gorgeous. I’ll have to get this one at the library. Reading the blurb I noticed the accent. Mixed feelings.

 

 

A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, #2)A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

Book 2 in a series. Murder, baking, and chocolate mixed with a reality TV show. Sign me up.

 

 

 

NeverwhereNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I own this one and have for some time. I’ve never read one of his books. In all honesty- he scares me just a little. I shall move this to my Fall TBR. I will read it.

 

 

The Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury                   The Friends of Jesus (Heart of the Story, #2)

Giveaway. The blurb interests me but not enough to read the book

 

 

 

Sea Lovers: Selected Stories by Valerie Martin

Sea Lovers: Selected Stories

I want to read this for two reasons. 1- the cover is beautiful. 2- the short stories sound fascinating.

 

 

Louisiana Saves the LibraryLouisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn

It sounds like a quirky story but … not interesting enough and maybe a touch cliche.

 

 

 

*These two were recently spotted on clearence at BAM. I guess I should have bought them.

The Take Away

Goal: Read Nevermore by Febrary 1st! It’s on my Kindle I have no excuse.

I deleted 2 books from my Goodreads list.

Placed 4 books on my  IGTIBID List. (I’ll get to it before I die)

I’m undecided on 1 book. I probably will not read it.

That brings my Goodreads TBR shelf to 942 books!

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2017 Goals Revisited

The goals for 2017 were short and simple.

Yet, I still managed to fail miserably at them.

2017

  • Write 200,000 words.- I wrote 38,145 new words.
  • Edit 600 pages.- I edited 449 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. Really who knows. I gave up in February.
  • Read 80 books. My only real success. I read 96 books.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. My wrist surgery kept me from the beach. I even failed at this. 🙂
  • Complete devotional. I did complete a devotional just not the one I intended to read.

2017 was not a good year for these goals.

Goals in themselves are of no value. To me, the value of goals is to see why or why not you succeeded. You learn something about yourself. I learn from my mistakes. Sad fact.

I learned I hate exercise. I knew this already. But I have no internal motivation to exercise. I just don’t have it. I’m not even sure what it would take to make me exercise on a regular basis. It’s not going to happen.

I’m also a creature of habit. If I’m going to do anything on a regular basis I must make it a scheduled event until it is habit. If I can write between 25,000 – 50,000 words in November why can’t I do that in January? Is it the little tracker I have marking the words? Is it the winner T-shirt? What is it? Or is it knowing that millions of people around the globe are like me and trying to write the novel in a month. It’s possible I’ve done it before.

The difference. I made it a priority. I sat down every day no  matter what and I wrote. In preparation for NaNo I spent October editing another story. So it wouldn’t sit on my desk staring at me. I edited over 80 pages that month.

So what do I do?

That’s the million dollar question isn’t it.

It boils down to priorities and motivation. I allow my family to take precedence over my writing. That’s not going to change. Family first. I also allow household issues to overshadow writing time. My house is old. It needs lots of work. At the moment we are working on the kitchen. At some point in the next millinia, we will be finished with that. But it takes time, money, and brain power from writing. Wrist surgery also kept me away from writing.

I’ve never treated my writing as a job. It’s a dream. A hobby. A desire. But in honesty I’ve never let my job overshadow my family life and responsibilities. I’ve alwasy been family first.

As I sit down and think about what I want to accomplish in 2018 the one thing I don’t want to do is let the fire for writing be smothered by the feeling of failure because I didn’t reach my goals. I knew when I made them that they were lofty goals.

Am I disappointed when I look over the numbers from last year? Yes I am. But I did make strides. I did make certain accomplishments. I know have two stories that need polishing before submitting. I’m happy with that.

Over the next few days I will be assesingmy goals before i comit to anything.

Happy New Year,

-CK

Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge 2018

We have quite a challenge set up for this year. 35 books! I had a hard time with a few categories last year. Several of these look interesting– especially number 22. Number 30 was my idea 🙂

  1. A book you’ve had on your shelf for the longest time and haven’t read
  2. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
  3. The next book in a series you’ve already started
  4. A book with a map in it
  5. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  6. A book by two authors
  7. A book by an author you’ve never read
  8. A picture book
  9. A classic
  10. A book based on a fairytale
  11. A childhood classic you’ve never read
  12. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
  13. An “old” book in your favorite genre
  14. A book of short stories
  15. A play
  16. A book you got for Christmas
  17. A book with illustrations
  18. A book you wouldn’t normally read
  19. A book set on another continent
  20. A first in a series
  21. A book with a one word title
  22. A book of mythology
  23. A murder mystery
  24. A book you can finish in one weekend
  25. A New York Times #1 bestseller
  26. An obscure book by a well-known author
  27. A book set in your favorite season
  28. A book about an animal
  29. Close your eyes and point to a random book on your shelf to read
  30. A book with a boring cover
  31. A book you heard about online
  32. A book set in the future
  33. A comedy
  34. A sci-fi made into a TV show
  35. A time travel book

Winter Reading Guide

It’s finally winter 😉

I’m so excited for Christmas. I’m just coming off a massive fail for NaNoWriMo 2017 but that’s okay. I worked hard on it, life just got in the way.

I have a huge Winter TBR list. You know me, this is more of a guide than anything. This runs from December 21 to March 19. Winter just barely started here (on odd days only) and runs until mid-February but then the South has weird weather!

  • Magic Bites by IionaAndrews
  • Murder on Moon Trek 1 by Diane Vallere
  • The Vigilante Vignette by  Larissa Reinhart
  • Ella the Slayer by A. W. Exley
  • Deception by Stacy Claflin
  • The Hilo Hustle by Tom Brayly Jr
  • The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
  • Rest in Pieces by Kati Graykowski
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Always Watching by Lynette Eason
  • Ruby Milk by Lucy English
  • The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller
  • Rusty Nail by J. A. Konrath
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Skulduggery by Carolyn Hart
  • The Amulet Thief by Luanne Bennet
  • Of Mice and Men by John Stienbeck
  • A Perfect Manhatten Murder by Tray Kiely
  • The Headhunter’s Daughter by Tamar Myers
  • Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

That’s a monster list.

I am also taking recommendations for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge for 2018. If you know of a topic or category we should read leave a not in the comments. Final decision rests with two teenagers 🙂

-CK

Autumn TBR Final

Titles with a red slash through it means I didn’t get to it before Halloween. After that I changed titles to include those with a Christmas flare:)

While I failed at NaNoWriMo due do kitchen revitalization and then Christmas chaos, I did succeed in reading a ton of books. So that’s soemthing. I may have to change this to a reading blog. Just kidding. I will get around to writing…eventually.

Autumn TBR

  1. Search for the Dead by Sheila Connolly
  2. Pumpkin Killer by Stacey Alabaster
  3. O’ Happy Dagger by Monica Knightly
  4. Off the Leash by D.D. Van Dyke
  5. Kissing the Werewolf by Kendra Ashe
    Better than expected. More sex and language than a traditional cozy
  6. Yesterday’s Thief by Al Macy
  7. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahme-Smith I enjoyed this more than expeced. Goes well with the movie.
  8. Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley
  9. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  10. Candy Corn Murders by Laslie Meier
    I enjoyed this read but found it a little heavy handed at times
  11. The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  12. Fairy Eyeglasses by Emily Martha Sorensen
  13. Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines
  14. Ghostly Interests by Lily Harper Hart
  15. In for a Penny by ?
  16. Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
  17. Darkness Echoes by L.A. Starkey
  18. False Identity by Jennifer Youngblood
  19. Spelled by Betsy Schow
    Funny read. Wonderful YA fairytale retelling of the Wizard of Oz. First in the trilogy.
  20. Nightmares by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller I enjoyed it but I think I’m a little old for it.

Other books read:

  • ‘Tis the Witching Time by Monica Knightley
  • Haunted Mobile by Elizabeth Parker
  • Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey
  • Hook, Line, & Blinker by Jana Deleon
  • Murder at the Book Fair by Steve Demaree
  • Bones on the Bayou by Carolyn Haines
  • Ino’s Love by Marianne Sciucco
  • Zero Trouble by John Lange
  • You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato, She Says Murder by Duncan Whitehead- I really enjoyed this. So much so that I need to find other books he has written.
  • The Faerie Key by Denise D. Young
  • A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg- I love Fannie and have been looking for a copy of this book. Finally found one at the library. Sweet story.
  • A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd- Yes, that movie but the story. Or rather a series of short stories the movie is based on.
  • Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Gingerbread at Moonglow by Deborah Garner
  • The Christmas Chronicles by Tim Slover
  • All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark (not my favorite)
  • A (Gingerbread) diorama of Death by Gin Jones- Surprisingly good and will read more.

I told you I read a lot! Since Sept. 22 I read 31 books! If I counted properly which can’t be trusted at the moment. I’ve had a lot of caffeine.

NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 1

Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has been tough. The world has tried it’s best to keep me from writing. We’ve had car trouble, illness, and other issues pulling my attention away. Today I woke sick– again. I’m really tired of allergies. I can’t wait for the weather to turn cold and kill whatever is producing this pollen.

I am starting to feel like I am in the groove. The words are coming easier. Thanks to my handy dandy outline keeping me on track. I will say that this week’s daily goal of 2500 words is hard! Next week my goal is 3000 words. Yikes.

I may have to steal an hour this weekend to get a little work done.

 

In other news, I just completed the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge for 2017. We’ll need to make a few adjustments for next year. Some of these topics were rough. If you would like to see the 2017 list, click here.

That’s it for now. My fingers are tired and I need a nap.

How’s your week?

-CK

NaNoWriMo Day 1

Today is the first day for NaNoWriMo 2017! It’s always good to start strong. It takes a little pressure off other days.

Word count goal: 2225

Actual word count: 2310 🙂

My word count for each writing day needs to be over 2000 words per day. That’s a lot. But I know I don’t get much accomplished on weekends. Then there is Thanksgiving. So when I planned my word counts for the month, I took that into consideration.

This morning, I cleaned the kitchen before work and set up my work space. That way when I came home I could make coffee and get right to the writing. Which I did. But it was hard. Yesterday, I realized that I plotted my story too early. Meaning I needed several scenes added to it before I could write the first scene I planned. When I started this morning I had to write those initial scenes cold without much of a plan. I don’t work well that way. But I did it. That’s what matters.

Tomorrow I can start writing where my plot cards start. That should be a little easier. I hope.

What are you doing today?

-CK